10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Good morning.

1. The world’s biggest artificial intelligence conference opened in Melbourne on Saturday. For a week, all the world’s experts have gathered to discuss where AI will take us, and it opened with a bang. For the first time, AI and robotics companies have joined to collectively urge the United Nations to ban killer robots or lethal autonomous weapons.

2. Markets were happy that Trump adviser Steve Bannon had quit and that National Economic Council chair Gary Cohn didn’t. US stocks edged up, but the greenback lost ground, pushing the Aussie back up to above US79 cents. The ASX200 managed to limit its fall to 0.5% on Friday. There are no major data releases today, ahead of a typically quiet week as the month edges to a close. Still, here’s Sam Jacobs’ diary of a few things to look out for.

3. The family of dual Australian-British boy Julian Cadman have confirmed he died in Friday’s terror attack in Barcelona. The Cadman family described their 7-year-old son as “energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces”. Our thoughts are with them.

4. Scrabble levelled up. How many of these words would you get away with at the dinner table?

Nine, tops. But they’re all in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, and they were all in play at the North American Scrabble Championship. BI’s Mark Abadi joined in with 400 other fans, and even won some prizemoney. Here’s what he saw.

5. US President Donald Trump’s support is now dropping in the key states which helped him win the election, as well as in the demographic groups that delivered those states to him. He probably thinks he’s doing well though, because most leaders do, and here’s why.

6. Be prepared. Start by carrying a bag with you everywhere, then make sure it has these 16 things in it that Dennis Green reckons will help you get you through every day without a hitch.

7. Britain is still a year and a half away from completely severing its ties with the European Union. That sounds like plenty of time to get everything in order and spark a Brexit-driven manufacturing renaissance in Britain. Until you realise it’s taken 30 years to readjust from a manufacturing economy to a services economy. Germany‚Äôs second largest lender, Commerzbank, sees some dark times ahead.

8. The US is getting ready to go dark. A total solar eclipse will cut the country in half tomorrow morning, giving scientists and the digital era a rare chance to record it like no eclipse has been recorded before. You can catch it live with NASA on Facebook, starting at 2am Tuesday. For those on the ground, it will be like living on another planet for 90 seconds. And cartographer Michael Zeiler has drawn a map of exactly which planet you’d be standing on if you lived in these US cities.

9. Chinese Taipei played Pennsylvania in the Junior League World Series, a match that will be remembered for one of the greatest outfield catches of all-time. Little League or otherwise:


Jack Regenye, you can retire now.

10. When they enter service later this year, Qantas’ new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners will bring with them a range of innovations to help passengers deal with jet lag. But you might not be flying on them, so we asked the guy who’s working with them, University of Sydney professor Steve Simpson, for his tips on how to deal with the awful grogginess that eats the first two days of your cherished OS hols.

BONUS ITEM: The Apocalypse came to the Brazilian city of Teixeira de Freitas:

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